Boldness, clarity and wisdom for fundraising professionals
Your board meeting or fundraising committee meeting ends with a buzz.
Everyone is excited about the direction things are heading at your nonprofit organization. And people even agreed to tasks. With deadlines.
Yet, a month or so later when you meet you are disappointed…again.
Delivering breakout or mini-training sessions for local, state-wide, and national conferences is something I do often.
What doesn’t often happen is the conference attendees inspire me to tears.
The Page Education Foundation is a local foundation founded in 1988 by Alan Page and his wife Diane Sims Page when Page was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
You work hard on all the details of your nonprofit fundraising event but attendance was low. What went wrong? Never before has multi-channel marketing been more important. Even my 80 year-old mother uses social media to connect with friends and family.
Check out this terrific and brand new infographic from Maximillion Event Creators to guide you in your social media outreach for your next event.
The most common complaints I hear about sharing a story to increase fundraising revenue:
“I don’t know any stories” or “We don’t have any good stories.”
In 1999 I was the President/CEO of Prevent Blindness America, Greater Phoenix Division. New to the city, with a new job – I could have used those same complaints.
I’ve got a couple of short audio clips to share with you today to illustrate the difference between sharing facts and sharing words that cause listeners and readers to feel something. Anything.
WHAT you cause others to feel isn’t the point. It’s that you don’t recite a list of facts when you share a story. As I’ve said before, a list of facts is really a report.
In the past week I’ve watched more pain, anger, and tragedy unfold across our country than I care to ever see again.
My heart aches. I’m sad and frustrated and not in the mood to talk about retaining donors or fundraising events today.
I believe to create a peaceful existence we have to show up differently. But make no mistake in thinking I’m talking to someone else. It is up to every single woman, man, and child to take different actions to start the healing process.
Recently I was in the audience at the Girls on the Run (GOTR) Summit in Orlando, Florida and listened to Elizabeth Kunz, GOTR International CEO deliver an exceptional and inspiring visionary leader speech.
I quickly saw why Girls on the Run has grown exponentially since Liz became CEO. They’ll reach their millionth girl this year.
Have you seen the recently released npEXPERTS eBook: Philanthropy by the Numbers: The Stories Behind the Stats? As the folks at Blackbaud describe it: It’s a collection of “11 of the best and brightest minds in philanthropy speaking up about what’s happening in the sector today and how these trends are shaping the future.”
What I find most often when I work with board members: their intentions are good. BUT you or your staff can make it look like you really don’t need them to do more than show up to a meeting now and then and rubber stamp the financials. And frankly, they find your board meetings less than stimulating.